Slab Pots Geometric forms in clay “Wolf Box” by Karen Borg, Cave Made Pottery Slab Construction Allows Potters to explore geometric forms. Jars, boxes, plates, platters, planters, mugs, and even bowls can be made with slabs of clay. “Think Outside the Box!” Challenge yourself to make a pot that is more than a box. This Arizona State University potter did just that with this teapot. You can carve the form when it’s leather hard. Neil Williams challenged himself with an unusual form and intricate surface decoration with his cup and saucer. Neil Williams, American, 1991, cup and saucer, whiteware, 4 3/4” by 6”, gift of Stéphane Janssen, Arizona State University Art Museum Roll Out Enough Clay for Your Whole Project ~ Prevents Cracking & Warping Use the slab roller or a rolling pin and wooden slats ~ keep your slabs ¼ inch thick. Ric Pierce, One Tree Hill Pottery Studio Construction tips Using slightly stiff (not leather hard) slabs allows you to make tall pots. Scratch and slip joints and add a small coil in the crease for support. Be sure to put a flange under the lid, so it stays on when you handle the pot. David Faithfull Slab Pot Requirements Slab Pot- A pot / vessel / sculpture which has been constructed with the slab technique. It must include at least one 90 degree angle. Roll out all of your clay at once & wrap the slabs in plastic until you cut it. You need to use a paper pattern to cut out the pieces precisely. Slab Pot Requirements Use scratch and slip technique to attach the slabs to each other once they have become firm, but not leather hard. Smooth a small coil into each joint. Pay attention to joinery, and take steps to counteract warping by using slightly convex slabs, and by drying the piece slowly enough to avoid concave surfaces. Slab Pot Requirements Decorate them with a design that makes sense for the piece, with texture, carving, or underglazes. Required Elements: Form, shape Principles: Proportion, Emphasis/Dominance is on the form & profile of the pot. Complete the Art of Math assignment in your handbook with this project. Dimensions: 6-8 inches or more. Sideways Studio - Hayne Bayless Bold line designs in the glaze add interest to these pots. Lidded Boxes with Glaze Effects Use glazes to show pattern, contrast, and a color scheme. Geometric Slab Sculptures Repeat colors, shapes and forms for unity in a body of work. ANDREW VAN ASSCHE Gallery – Sandy Segal The focal point is form, so the glazes are subtle and draw attention to the forms. These pots fit together like a puzzle. Gallery – Scott Jennings These are cool, but don’t meet our criteria. Your pots will droop if the slabs are too soft. Here, that is a focal point. Geometric Slab Pots Color schemes, interesting forms, and whimsy attract viewers. Get the clock mechanism You can add found objects. before you make the pot. Slab Construction with Texture The focal points are form and texture, which emphasize weight and balance. Texture carved with a loop tool. Combing texture Unique Surface Decorations Combing and stamping Additive relief Too plain. made the designs. Unique Forms in Sculpture Dan Finnegan Pottery Reminders: The basic steps… Design your pot first on the tan worksheet. Make a pattern for cutting out the parts. Cut out the pieces and let them firm up. Assemble with scratch & slip. Add a coil in the joints to make them stable. Make it a bit convex to counteract warping. Add your surface decoration. DRY IT SLOWLY over a few days’ time.